Squash: Hunter’s revenge title mission

York & District Ladies Open Squash Championship winner Jess Hunter, above right, is pictured with runner-up Natalie Cain

Plate competition winner Sarah Broadhurst is pictured, far left, with beaten finalist Linda Craggs

First published in Sport

NUMBER three seed Jess Hunter comfortably beat defending champion Natalie Cain to seal the York & District Ladies Squash League Open Championship title, writes Oscar Pearson.

Hunter saw off top seed Cain 3-0 (9-7, 9-4, 9-4) at Dunnington Sports & Social Club.

She beat Linda Craggs and Traci Moore before knocking out Louise Cotter in the semi-finals.

Hunter played “exceptionally well”, said tournament spokeswoman Anne Matwijiszyn, to reverse the result of last year’s semi-final, when Cain beat her en-route to winning the title.

In the Plate final, Sarah Broadhurst beat Linda Craggs in straight games (9-7, 9-7, 10-8).

She beat Susan Harrison and Sarah Smelik to reach the final, while Craggs edged past Anne Rowlands and Liz Stacey.

Matwijiszyn said: “Sarah won the match 3-0, but the score didn’t reflect Linda’s performance as she played well, matching point for point.

“But Sarah just took the edge and took the Open Plate title for 2013.”

For more information about women’s squash in York, visit www.yorkladiesquash.co.uk

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